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"Fanfare for Earth" for Brass and Percussion. I have been working on a series of fanfares here lately. In the video, "Fanfare for Earth" ends at around 3'30" then "Festiva Fanfare" begins. So feel free to stop listening after the first fanfare ends since I already posted Festiva Fanfare on the forum.
Open 5ths in the horns. What's not to like!
You truly do hate horn players!!!lol Seriously, towards the end, you have just one horn playing the rips and descant lines. I don't know that a single player will be able to cut through the full brass sustain sound. Is it possible to use the whole section as you did earlier in the work?
The other concern for me (fwiw) is regarding listener fatigue. Just as in "Festiva", it would have been nice to hear things back off a bit to really set up the ending.
I know you are doing these as a series, but do you see these being paired into a single work ala Leo Arnaud's fanfares, or used as single entities?
I do like horns doing fanfare licks in fifths. NO other instrument can pull it off as well.
PS Reverb on this one sounded a bit heavy to me, but it could be my system.
My first thought was a single player, one per part ensemble. If you are planning multiple players per part it should be alright. You might want to consider an alternate horn part if the ensemble doesn't have the size or at a minimum an asst. principle.
No, nothing slow and melodic. That would kill the piece. I was thinking soft and intense. Keep the same motion and movement, but perhaps a sub ensemble (5tet, 6tet, etc.) playing at a lower dynamic, but just as intense. You mentioned drum corps, if you saw BD this year, the first fifteen seconds just upper brass. When the low brass finally enter, it takes your breathe away. Not so much volume, but the sudden timbre change plus volume was what made it effective.
They will stand on their own, I was just curious as to your vision for them. Is the 12 tone the one you posted here a while back? I thought that was very well done. The first 12 tone piece I've ever really liked.
Look forward to the, dare I say it, "Cage" inspired fanfare. That sounds interesting.
It sounds good. It's like the first mov of Also sprach Zarathustra by Strauss in a way.
Maybe more timpanis. It is a splendid work.
I enjoyed this. It's got energy and a memorable melody. In general I am a big fan of fourths and fifths and think they can be one way to root a piece in the modern era, to me a greatly important goal. At times I thought of the theme of the movie Exodus. Thanks for posting!
Ädd them at approriate places, just like Strauss did. :)
Rodney Carlyle Money said:
Thank you Per-Erik for listening and commenting. I like the Strauss comment btw, he knew how to abuse horn players also, lol. So you want more timpani? More than 2 or more in the music and where would you add them?
A "Space Fanfare"?!? Now I'm really curious to see what you come up with for that one!
Rodney, I am not sure I can give you much more than a vague subjective answer. The FFE, of all the works you've posted, is the melody that most lingers in my mind after the piece is over and time has passed. Not to say I don't recall your other fanfare melody, or other work I've commented on, but this one stood out. It's got good "spaces" in it too, by which I don't mean silences, but places in the score where even though things are still going on, the main melody is not playing. Somehow that added to my enjoyment, by allowing me time to savor what had happened. It's also, for lack of a better word, very "fanfare-y," I think you really nailed the genre. I remember a show I saw a while back about the Beatles which featured a lot of musicians commenting on their work, and the best comment in the whole show to me was when they had David Lee Roth on (Yes! That David Lee Roth!) and he was asked "Why do you think the Beatles are considered to be the best band of all time?", to which he replied by first naming a bunch of Beatles song titles. Then he paused for a couple of seconds, looked directly at the camera, and said "As I said the names of those songs, everyone hearing me was thinking of the melody of each song, and that's why the Beatles is the greatest band of all time." In other words, he was saying that if music is memorable that can be a sign of how good it is. I found FFE memorable.
Rodney Carlyle Money said:
Thanks Gav! I am happy to hear that I finally came up with another piece you enjoyed. Energy and memorable melody, I think you hit the nail on the head of what my goals were. I am a big fan of the forbidden parallels also, they give everyone the melody, and my next fanfare will feature them but in a different and more modern way. I just went on YouTube and heard the score to Exodus for the first time. Thank you for bringing it to my attention and I am honored that you thought of the movie during my fanfare. I know that you thought Festiva Fanfare lacked heart, did you hear any heart in this fanfare or did you like "Fanfare for Earth" for different reasons rather than heart?